Boston High School: Kamali Bey

BasketBull Hoops Fest tips off Thursday

December, 19, 2012
The 2012 BasketBull Hoops Fest tips off Thursday at noon with two days of prep school basketball, followed by an additional two days of Catholic school matchups.

All games will be played at Holyoke Community College. For more information on the tournament, CLICK HERE.

BasketBull Director Colin Tabb passes along the full schedule, as well as players to watch over the four-day event:

Thursday, Dec. 20
Noon - Cheshire Academy (Conn.) vs. Worcester Academy
1:45 p.m. - Williston-Northampton vs. Masters School (Conn.)
3:30 p.m. - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Wilbraham & Monson
5:15 p.m. - Suffield Academy (Conn.) vs. Northfield-Mt. Hermon
7 p.m. - ALMA Academy (Canada) vs. Cheshire ACademy (Conn.)

Friday, Dec. 21
Noon - St. Thomas More (Conn.) vs. Wilbraham & Monson
1:45 p.m. - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Williston-Northampton
3:30 p.m. - Masters School (Conn.) vs. Cheshire Academy (Conn.)
5:15 p.m. - Northfield-Mt. Hermon vs. ALMA Academy (Canada)
7 p.m. - East Longmeadow vs. West Springfield

Saturday, Dec. 22
2 p.m. - Holy Cross (N.Y.) vs. St. Joseph Central
3:45 p.m. - Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) vs. St. Theresa's (Canada)
5:30 p.m. - Holy Name vs. Springfield Cathedral
7:15 p.m. - Bishop Kearney (N.Y.) vs. St. Peter's Prep (N.J.)

Sunday, Dec. 23
Noon - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Holy Cross (N.Y.)
1:45 p.m. - St. Theresa's (Canada) vs. Springfield Cathedral
3:30 p.m. - St. Raphael (R.I.) vs. Catholic Memorial


Rene Castro – Worcester Academy - 2013 – Butler
Peter Miller – Northfield Mt Hermon - 2013 – Princeton
Anthony Dallier – Northfield Mt. Hermon - 2013 – Yale
Zena Edosomwan – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2013 - Harvard
Denzel Gregg – St. Thomas More – 2013 – Fordham
Dylan Haines – St. Thomas More – 2013 – undecided
Marquis Moore – St. Thomas Moore – 2013 – undecided
Chinonso Obokoh – Bishop Kearney – 2013 - Syracuse
Trevis Wyche – Saint Peter’s Prep – 2013 – St. Peter’s
Charles Correa – St. Raphael’s – 2013 – undecided
Tarik Smith – Cheshire Academy – 2013 – undecided
Eric Suder – Cheshire Academy – 2013 – undecided
Tank Roberson – St. Joseph Central – 2013 – undecided
Kamali Bey – Wilbraham and Monson – 2013 – undecided
Thomas Rivard – Worcester Academy – James Madison
Skylar White – Northfield Mt Hermon – 2013 – undecided
Donte Gittens – Masters School – 2013 – undecided
Austin Carter – Masters School – 2013 – undecided
Kendall Jackson – Suffield Academy – 2013 – undecided
Max Risch – Williston – 2013 – undecided
Goodluck Okonoboh – Wilbraham and Monson – 2014 – Undecided
Kerem Kanter – Wilbraham and Monson – 2014 – undecided
Matt Cimino – Worcester Academy – 2014 - undecided
Cane Broome – St. Thomas More – 2014 – undecided
Sem Kroon – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2014 – undecided
Gerard Adams – Catholic Memorial – 2014 – undecided
Godspower Ogide – Bishop Kearney – 2014 – undecided
Thomas Bryant – Bishop Kearney – 2015 – undecided
Josh Sharma – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2015 – undecided
DJ Baptiste – Wilbraham and Monson – 2015 – undecided
Luis Montero – Wilbraham and Monson – 2015 - undecided
David Watkins – Catholic Memorial – 2015 – undecided
Darrick Boyd – Springfield Cathedral – 2015
Mustapha Heron – Wilbraham and Monson – 2016
Tyonne Malone – Williston - 2016

Hoophall: St. Thomas More (Conn.) 71, WMA 60

January, 15, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Sluggish starts have plagued St. Thomas More the last several games, and it looked like that trend was going to continue in the opening minutes of their battle with Wilbraham & Monson in today's Hoophall Classic.

Then, in a snap, the Chancellors turned a five-point deficit into a double-digit lead, going on a 21-5 run after starting the game trailing 9-4. From there, they never looked back, beating the Titans 71-60 to get some retribution after losing in this tournament a year ago.

"We were coming off a two-game winning streak," said STM's Ky Howard, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player after recording 16 points and four assists. "We had a chip on our shoulder. We came out slow, Coach [Jere Quinn] got into us and told us to pick it up. As a team, together, we did, and from there it just took off."

The key to the run was transition play. Though it sounds awkward to say, considering they count 7-foot-2 Sudanese center Chier Ajou (14 points, six rebounds) in their lineup, the Chancellors aren't incredibly big by prep school standards. So when the shot went up, the Chancellors' guards pushed the ball upcourt as quickly as possible, leading to some easy baskets.

"That was very important," Howard said. "We're a small team, so our advantage is running, if we don't run then it's useless to have a five-guard offense in the game."

Then again, it's not so bad having a 7-footer in the lane to clean things up. Defensively, the Chancellors funneled things into the lane, where Ajou used his wingspan and lateral quickness to alter some shots and otherwise force second thoughts.

"It's truly great, it's a blessing that we got a 7-2 kid that's not selfish, just wants to play and help us win. I mean, it's great because if any of us get beat he's there to protect us."

Offensively, Ajou's presence helped open up the middle of the floor. It isn't often a big man with his combination of stamina and athleticism can come out behind the three-point line, or step out to the elbow. That led to some great drives throughout the game from Howard, A.J. English (11 points, five assists) and Denzel Gregg (11 points, six rebounds).

"Because he can come out to the perimeter, that has the defense shifting a lot more," Howard said. "With us, as guards, we cut hard, fast and sharp, and with him coming out it opens up the lane for us."

Springfield native Jaylen Brantley had a showing in front of his home crowd for WMA (8-2) that in some areas was quality (14 points) but in other areas forgettable (one assist to six turnovers). Kamali Bey, another Springfield native, led WMA with 16 points, while Marcel Pettway also chipped in with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

BABC Prep School Classic primer

January, 13, 2012
Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) Director of Operations Jay Demings forwards along some information regarding this weekend's BABC Prep School Classic, this Saturday and Sunday at the Kroc Center in Dorchester.

BOSTON -- This weekend’s Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) Prep Classic at the Kroc Center in Boston will not only feature some great games, but will give fans an up-close look at the elite-level basketball talent that permeates the New England region.

In the event’s first matchup on Saturday, two talent-laden teams in Notre Dame Prep and the Tilton School (NH) feature two potential NBA lottery picks in Notre Dame’s Steven Adams and Tilton’s Nerlens Noel.

Adams is a seven-foot center from New Zealand who just arrived at Notre Dame Prep as a post-graduate and will make his debut on Saturday. He is signed to play at the University of Pittsburgh for the Fall of 2012. Only a junior, Noel is a 6’11’’ center from Everett, MA who is ranked second in the class of 2013 by ESPN. Both players have drawn serious attention from NBA scouts.

“I have yet to see Steven Adams play live but, based on all accounts and video I’ve seen, this is a can’t-miss matchup between him and Nerlens," said BABC’s Director of Operations, Jay Demings. “Many of us are familiar with Nerlens’ skill set, but fans will get to see how Adam’s size, strength and skills translate to the American game. Experts believe that both players are certain future NBA lottery picks.”

The two-day event will also feature many signed Division 1 collegiate players and those that are expected to make their college choices soon. The field of teams include the following committed players:

Myles Davis - ND Prep - Xavier
Adonis Filer - ND Prep - Clemson
Mandell Thomas - ND Prep - Fordham

Georges Niang - Tilton - Iowa State
Dominique Bull - Tilton - Missouri
Kevin Crescenzi - Tilton - Dartmouth

Evan Cummins - NMH - Harvard
Tommy Carpenter - NMH - Dartmouth
Ethan O’Day - NMH - Vermont

Nick Lund - Rivers School - Claremont McKenna

Akosa Maduegbunam - Winchendon - Penn State
Tevin Falzon - Winchendon - Sacred Heart

Jake Fay - Brimmer & May - Fordham

Others to watch:

Tilton - Goodluck Okonoboh, Wayne Selden, Jr., John Witkowski, Cameron Durley
Wilbraham & Monson - Kamali Bey, Jaylen Brantley, Marcel Pettway, Djery Baptiste
Worcester Academy - Matt Cimino, Rene Castro
Marianapolis Prep - Kristian Medina, Nigel Sydnor, Bobby Ahearn
Brimmer & May - John Powell, Adrian Oliveira
Rivers School - Shaquor Sandiford, Kyle Reardon, Andrew Kaufman, Carlin Haymon
Boston Trinity - Elijah Okagbare, Zach Petion
Winchendon - Tre Tipton, Tom Bajda, Malique McLaren, Malcolm Smith
Putnam Science - Oscar Assie, Tyree Robinson, Jonathan Joseph, Dayshon Smith
Notre Dame Prep - Sam Cassell, Jr., Nehemias Morillo
Northfield Mount Hermon - Ryan Oliver, Lucas Van Nes, DeKeeba Battee

BABC takes national title in Orlando

July, 31, 2010
Last Thursday morning, Rene Castro found himself boarding a plane from Logan Airport at 5:50, destined for Orlando. And upon touching down at Orlando International Airport at 10 a.m., greeted by his Boston Amateur Basketball Club teammates, he wasted no time getting down to business.

Mind you, this was a kid who hadn't picked up a basketball in ten days; he was down in Mexico, visiting his ailing grandfather. Yet with two words -- "I'm ready" -- he laced up the shoes at 1:20 p.m., and provided great spark for BABC throughout the rest of their run at the AAU Boys Basketball National Championship, at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

With Castro added to an already-competent lineup, BABC downed the Georgia-based Southern Kings (63-47), Illinois Rising Stars (48-33) and All-Ohio Red (56-52) to take the 16-and-under National title.

"I don't think we would have won this thing without Castro down there," BABC director and head coach Leo Papile said. "He was an extra ballhandler, extra set of eyes, for us. He's had a hell of a July."

Such a monstrous July, in fact, that Papile said the University of Kansas may soon extend a scholarship offer. Castro, who transferred to Beaver Country Day and re-classified after helping Milton High win a Division 2 state title in 2009, is already receiving interest from many Big East schools.

In all, the BABC allowed just 40.7 points per game in the tournament, which was played with 32-minute high school regulation. Most prominent among the defensive stoppers was Tilton School's Nerlens Noel, who averaged nearly 10 blocks a game for the tournament. In the BABC's win over All-Ohio in the final, the 6-foot-10 Noel had three blocks over the final 90 seconds, including one with 15 seconds left that allowed teammate Jaylen Brantley to scoop up the loose ball and ice the game with free throws.

Playing at what Papile roughly estimated "75-80 percent" due to a hip flexor, Noel still managed to impress the scores of high-major Division 1 coaches on hand. In the final, he had just one point, but seven blocks and nine rebounds.

Noel is still building his quadricep back up to strength after a nasty leg break last February that damaged his growth plate, but there is tremendous upside. From correspondent Adam Finkelstein:

"Noel has put on a defensive clinic all week to lead his team to the U-16 finals. A long and athletic player with incredible instincts for blocking shots, Noel has terrific mobility and agility for a player his size and phenomenal timing. Undoubtedly the best pure shot blocker in Orlando, Noel's defense is still far ahead of his offense. Still, he shows flashes on the offensive end as well, scoring with both hands from inside six feet, making quick spin moves, and passing out of the post."

The BABC also got great offensive performances during the week from Tilton's Georges Niang and King Philip's Jake Layman. Eight of the BABC's 14 players will be eligible for 16-and-under games next year, including Noel, Castro, Brantley, Wayne Selden, Goodluck Okonoboh and Kamali Bey.

Connaughton turns heads

The other local to open many an eye down in Orlando was Arlington resident Pat Connaughton, playing for the Middlesex Magic under head coach Mike Crotty, jr. Connaughton put on quite the show in front of a slew of big-time Division 1 coaches, averaging nearly 30 points a game throughout the tournament. Connaughton, who excels in both basketball and baseball at St. John's Prep during the school year, has expressed a desire to play both at the next level. He may just get his wish; Notre Dame, Tennessee and Iowa State are among the schools that are offering him that chance.

Noel overseas venture not out of realm

A few weeks ago, Papile raised a few eyebrows when he told the recruiting website HoopScoop that Noel could forgo his senior season at Tilton School and play overseas. Noel, who transferred from Everett High and is repeating his sophomore year at Tilton, would turn 19 in April of 2013.

When asked to clarify those comments this afternoon, Papile reaffirmed his disposition.

"He's talked about that," Papile said. "Long term, it's something he's interested in, but there's nothing (formal) at this point...Definitely not ruling it out, it's definitely something we want to look and see what it means terms of his education and in terms of his long-term future."J